A special kind of Florida crazy

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DSCF3316When I moved to Florida, I bought a People 150, a mid level scooter that maxes out around 65 miles an hour when I’m driving downhill and the wind is at my back.  I really take great pleasure in commuting on that thing.  In fact, it’s the first time I’ve ever loved something with an engine in it.  It’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made, and I pride myself on taking good care of it. Well,…

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Demolition, Clearwater

This used to be a parking lot.

Demolition, Clearwater

This used to be a parking lot.

El Cap, St. Petersburg

A meaty tradition.

El Cap, St. Petersburg

A meaty tradition.

The Villain’s Lair, St. Petersburg

Real estate opportunities for ultra modern super-villainy in downtown St. Pete.

The Villain’s Lair, St. Petersburg

Real estate opportunities for ultra modern super-villainy in downtown St. Pete.

Historic YMCA, St. Petersburg

Built in 1927 with funds raised from the community, St. Petersburg’s first YMCA now faces possible demolition.

Historic YMCA, St. Petersburg

Built in 1927 with funds raised from the community, St. Petersburg’s first YMCA now faces possible demolition.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Courtney Campbell Causeway

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Hey, how many of you knew that we had a bridge right here on the Suncoast designed and built by a direct descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis?  Captain Ben T. Davis was the larger than life sort of mortal who no longer seems to inhabit this Earth.

Tall tales of highly variable accuracy have been told about Ben Davis…  It has been reported that he originated a now uncommon cultivar…

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Historic YMCA, St. Petersburg

Built in 1927 with funds raised from the community, St. Petersburg’s first YMCA now faces possible demolition.

Historic YMCA, St. Petersburg

Built in 1927 with funds raised from the community, St. Petersburg’s first YMCA now faces possible demolition.

Historic YMCA, St. Petersburg

Built in 1927 with funds raised from the community, St. Petersburg’s first YMCA now faces possible demolition.

Historic YMCA, St. Petersburg

Built in 1927 with funds raised from the community, St. Petersburg’s first YMCA now faces possible demolition.

I-275

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Like a knife through Pinellas County, the first leg of I-275 – from the Howard Frankland Bridge to 4th Street N – opened to considerable local opposition in 1973.  I-275 as we know it today was completed in fits and starts throughout the rest of the 1970s and 80s, but the original plans from 1955 looked like this:

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Note the terminus of I-275 in downtown St. Petersburg.  Also, I-75 t-bones in…

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